Did Merck Unfairly Monopolize the Market for a Mumps Vaccine?
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Wall Street Journal blog
Posted: October 13th, 2014
Did Merck use false pretenses to monopolize the market for mumps vaccines? A pair of lawsuits one of which is filed by former employees and the other by doctors make this allegation and a federal judge is allowing both claims to proceed. The former employees virologists who filed a whistleblower lawsuit four years ago charge Merck knew its vaccine was less effective than the purported 95% efficacy level. And they alleged that senior management was aware, complicit and in charge of testing that concealed the actual effectiveness. They claim to have witnessed fIrsthand what they describe as improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged in order to conceal what the drug maker knew about the vaccines diminished efficacy. In fact, their Merck superiors and senior management pressured them to participate in the fraud and subsequent cover up when they objected to and tried to stop it, according to their lawsuit. The feds declined to join the lawsuit, which was unsealed two years ago. Shortly afterwards, the physicians subsequently filed the other lawsuit charge the vaccine was mislabeled and was not the product for which the government or other purchasers paid, which meant that Merck violated the False Claims Act. Both lawsuits note that Merck held an exclusive license to sell a mumps vaccine and its actions discouraged competition. The ultimate victims here are the millions of children who, every year, are being injected with a mumps vaccine that is not providing them with an adequate level of protection, the lawsuit filed by the virologists states. Meanwhile, the mumps vaccine was ringing the register at Merck, which reported that sales reached $621 million last year.
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